Lead­ers must not use so­cial me­dia to at­tack each other

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Rev Maudu Morudu

ONE OF my re­cent ar­ti­cles is ti­tled: “Lead­ers must be cau­tious be­fore they post their views”. It was with ref­er­ence to He­len Zille’s colo­nial­ism tweet.

I used the word “lead­ers,“and I was also in­clud­ing peo­ple like the Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula, be­cause he is also a leader by virtue of him be­ing a cab­i­net min­is­ter.

His tweet whereby he was dis­ap­prov­ing of the Pre­mier of the Free State Ace Magashule’s en­dorse­ment for the po­si­tion of ANC secretary-gen­eral is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of po­lit­i­cal im­ma­tu­rity.

I be­lieve that the di­vi­sion in the ANC is, in­ter alia, caused by ex­pres­sions and tweets of peo­ple like Mbalula. These peo­ple should em­bark on striv­ing to strengthen unity in the move­ment rather than post­ing tweets that are crude.

Peo­ple at grass-roots level, par­tic­u­larly the youth, adore lead­ers as their role mod­els. If the lead­ers are be­hav­ing in a man­ner that is un­be­com­ing, to an ex­tent that they can ir­re­spon­si­bly tweet about one another, then what kind of fu­ture lead­ers are ex­pected from the youth?

Whether Mbalula’s views about Magashule are right or wrong, he should not have used so­cial me­dia for that.

Surely, there are cor­rect and rel­e­vant plat­forms within the struc­tures of the ANC where peo­ple like Mbalula can ex­press them­selves.

He does not have that right to dic­tate to peo­ple on those be­lieved to be po­lit­i­cally qual­i­fied to lead the ANC. Those who are po­lit­i­cally sen­si­tive would want Mbalula to ex­plain his words, when he said that Magashule “will fin­ish what is re­main­ing of our move­ment, he will kill it”.

Mbalula owes an ex­pla­na­tion to those who be­lieve in Magashule as the right can­di­date for the po­si­tion of the ANC secretary-gen­eral. The stance of peo­ple on who should lead them in the ANC must not be un­der­mined and dis­re­spected.

I be­lieve that there is a lot that lead­ers can tweet about – is­sues that can lift the spir­its of peo­ple and also their hope in terms of ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Per­haps Mbalula should have tweeted about his plan of action on how he is go­ing to com­bat crime rather than at­tack­ing his fel­low com­rade-cum­leader.

Those who are call­ing for Magashule to be­come the fu­ture ANC secretary-gen­eral are able to sub­stan­ti­ate and jus­tify their call. Per­haps he has a flair for lead­er­ship as viewed by his fol­low­ers, es­pe­cially as he is the long­est-serv­ing provin­cial ANC’s chair­per­son.

It is un­called for and dis­gust­ing for lead­ers of the same or­gan­i­sa­tion to at­tack each other on so­cial me­dia.

If the ANC wants to re­store hope and unity within its mem­bers, then Mbalula can­not be left undis­ci­plined for his tweet.

Oth­er­wise, the ANC will be seen as the or­gan­i­sa­tion that does not care when some of its lead­ers de­fame the char­ac­ters of oth­ers. Temba, Ham­man­skraal

LEADER: Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula

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